Thursday, October 23, 2014

Changes Afoot At Sheridan & Lawrence

Looking SE at Sheridan & Lawrence
A few more neighborhood upgrades to report:
Now that the rehab of Lawrence House is underway by FLATS, the pharmacy that operated out of the building for years is likely moving to the ICA Building on the SW corner of Sheridan and Lawrence. We noticed that the awful black film that covers most all of the street level windows has been removed on the corner of the building (see photo above). There hasn't been retail in this space for as long as we can remember. We are glad the owners of the pharmacy are staying in Uptown, just down the street. We hope that the other retail spaces in this historic building find great tenants. Removing the black film on the windows is a welcome start.
There's another interesting development you can spot in the photo above. The blighted blue signage that hung over the entrance to Uptown Pantry (SE corner) has been removed. This building has seen better days and we hope that someone steps up and puts the TLC into that it really deserves. It is the last remaining building on this corner with retail on the ground level and setback apartments above. The other two corners all had beautiful buildings like this at one time that sadly met the wrecking ball. Could this be the start of better things for this corner?

Update: Interesting to note that if the Lawrence House Pharmacy does move into the corner space of the ICA building, this will be the first time in a loonnnng time a pharmacy has occupied this space. The last one we know of was Walgreen's back in the 1930s. Thanks to a savvy Facebook fan for reminding us of that.

1 comment:

  1. This is nice to see just for the city of Chicago. Its a city. Cars ruined it for awhile, hopefully the recovery continues